USB drives have limited space and it becomes essential to format it for getting free space. USB drives can get corrupted or infected by virus. The only way to remove those issues is by formatting the flash drive. How to Format a USB flash drive on Mac You can easily format Mac USB drive by following the steps mentioned below. Format USB Flash Drives to Work With Both Mac and Windows 7. Recently photographers have switched from using CD/DVD’s to USB flash drives to deliver their digital pictures to their clients. This article will teach you how to format the USB flash drive so both Mac’s and PC’s can read them.
MacBook Air 10.9.2 How do I get my USB memory stick to work with Mac? Shouldn’t this be 'plug and play', without me having to reconfigure the USB stick? I have the following problems: 1) Files get corrupted after copied from Mac to memory stick. After copied back to Mac they cannot be read. Some files may show correct byte size, but at the same time a movie file (.
Hey voss I have an Air (Mid 13) to. What I found is that I got the same problem and it wasn't just todo with the hardware of the laptop as many of my friends and co-workers also found the same problems in varying MacBook Air and Pro models. There are many factors that have lead to this. Have you tried plugging it into another computer that may be Windows or Linux and opening up the files?
I have never had good experiences with USB's. If they are not treated properly, meaning using the Safety-Eject feature on Macs and Windows, they do not tend to last very long. I suggest, you try to find a USB that is already FAT-32 (Windows version of MS-DOS formatting) and try copying test files, like pictures or music.
If you are able to borrow a Windows computer for about 5 minutes, run some tests. Usually I find that the USB has had its time. Try not to format the USB too often, as this diminishes the life of the drive.
I hope this helps Ab0x. Hi ab0x, Thanks for replying to my question. I confirm safety eject. The USB stick is new and has had minimal level of use. Mac is mid 12.
Other than checking for compatibility issues for the stick - shouldn't USB sticks on Macs be 'plug and play', or do I really need to reconfigure the stick before applying it to a Mac? Any input on this would be appreciated. I am an experienced Win user, but being my first Mac and dealing with this USB issue, I really don't understand what's going on.
As stated previously I do not move files larger than 4 GB and would like to handle the USB stick on both Mac and Win. Hi, My USB stick was originally formatted as MS-DOS (FAT) as default and out of the box. As I understand this is the same as FAT32 on Win (?) MS-DOS (FAT) configuration was however what led to all of my problems stated above.
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That is why I'm confused. Before writing to the discussion board, I reconfigured the stick to ExFat, based on some similar research, but an article discussion advised the ExFat not to be a stable nor reliable configuration. I do not know why this issue was mentioned, but several users logged this as an issue of the ExFat. If you have a USB stick meant for Mac use only, not cross-platform, do you alter configuration from MS-DOS (FAT)? (Primary use is for Mac backup only, I'm willing to give up the cross-platform requirement) I also don't understand why my Mac didn't detect a second USB stick, prior used on a different Mac. Fat is a 16 bit file system and doesn't support 4GIG Fat 32 supports files upto 4gig Efat or Xfat support higher files buts not supported by mac (or at least one of the formats isn't) Install Macfuze or fuze for mac which will allow access to both WinVista/7/8 files formats including linux formats.
Are you sure your ejecting from windows as well as waiting for the writes to finish and the drive to vanish from finder/My Computer before removing? JFat (I use the term loosely because I can't remember the Mac and Linux journalised files systems, isn't supported by Windows Vista/7/8. Hi, The USB stick is no longer used on Win OS, all my problems stated above is related to file movement between Mac - USB stick - Mac.
Stick is removed safely in most cases, and always in case of write operations. The stick is used for basic backup purpose from Mac, I was hoping I didn't needed a third party application. None of my files exceed 4 GB limit. All my issues were related to the default MS-DOS (FAT) configuration. That is why I tried to reconfigure to ExFat, not knowing if it was necessary.
Just going off on a random train of thought. How big is the drive?
What size does osx disk manager report it being? How Old is the drive? Has the drive got any bad sectors?
If it has then formatting doesn't always cure it. What make and model usb drive? I ask these things because not all drives are made the same and there is a limit to how many time a drive can be used.
Have you tried a different USB port? Have you tried a USB hub? Try installing Fuze for mac (yeh I know its not official supported software) and see if this helps. (BTW you will need to disable it on book when not in use.) You say ' Mac - USB stick - Mac' Is this more then one OSX machine or the same machine? Apple Footer. This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple may provide or recommend responses as a possible solution based on the information provided; every potential issue may involve several factors not detailed in the conversations captured in an electronic forum and Apple can therefore provide no guarantee as to the efficacy of any proposed solutions on the community forums.
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Do you want to create a MacOS Mojave stick but do not know how? Did a friend suggest you always have a bootable operating system support at hand so that you always have a Swiss army knife in case of an emergency? macOS 10.14 is Apple’s latest revolution for its Macs and if you have already downloaded the update in your computer you just have to make a Mojave bootable pen drive that can be useful on several occasions. Apple no longer sells DVDs and USB sticks of its operating systems as in the past, but the distribution takes place exclusively online through the Mac App Store, allowing all users with a supported Mac to download the latest version of the free operating system and in a few minutes.
But what if you want to put macOS 10.14 on USB to get bootable support on any Mac or if you plan to format and install the operating system from scratch? MacOS Mojave 10.14 on USB stick: how to do?
No need to be a programmer or computer expert to create a bootable Mojave media, in this guide you should find everything you need to create your Mac OS 10.14 key so you can use it on any computer or store it for emergency situations where your Mac does not start, you need an external bootable media or you need to repair the Mac boot. What is MacOS Mojave on USB for?. Now let’s move on to the MacOS Mojave USB stick, then insert the formatted media into the Mac where you downloaded the MacOS Mojave installation file, open the Applications Utilities folder and launch Terminal.